Bunker Hill Monument, Boston

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Set in Boston's National Historical Park, Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the first major conflict in the American Revolutionary War. Though popularly known as the Battle of Bunker Hill, most of the fighting of June 17, 1775, took place on Breed's Hill, where the monument stands today. You can climb 294 steps to the top of the 67 m (221 ft) granite obelisk to discover far-reaching views of the city. An adjacent lodge with exhibits explains more about the historic battle and houses a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren, a major-general who died during the battle's final assault. Use our Boston road trip planner to arrange your visit to Bunker Hill Monument and other attractions in Boston.
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  • Those who follow history at all, even a little bit, no what happened at Bunker Hill. This monument does a great job discussing the events of the battle. Bring your hiking boots if you want to see the ...  more »
  • Monument in pretty part of Boston. Was unable to climb the stairs as it was closed for heat reasons. This was disappointing as the view would have been great. Grass around the monument fine for sittin...  more »
  • We went there when we got to the end of the Freedom Trail. There is not a lot to see and it is far from most of the attractions in Boston. Not sure if we would go all the way to the end of the Freedom...  more »
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  • It's a historic monument located in Boston. I recommend using the bus to get here, there isn't a lot of parking. The hill has the monument, but there is a museum across the street. Freedom Trail start/ends at the Bunker Hill Memorial.The Bunker Hill Monument looks very much like the Washington Monument, only smaller. It's a little work-out getting up there, as there is no elevator to the top, though climbing the 275+ steps to the top is well worth it when you see the view! I took some memorable photos at the top.
  • know the history related to this monument… It was erected in commemoration of the Bunker Hill Battle. The battle was fought on June 17, 1775. It was one of the first major engagements between British soldiers and American patriots during the Revolutionary War. The walk from the USS Constitution up through the surrounding neighborhood was beautiful. The monument is a hollow granite tower with a staircase on the interior. At 294 steps to the top, I have to say I was a bit disappointed to be met with a small room with a few small windows overlooking the city. The spiraling staircase was a little scary at moments because, after a while, they start to Narrow and kinda scary. Skip it if you're claustrophobic or if breathing isn't your forte. space is small and the views out over the area are not eye-popping by any means. We're glad we climbed to the top, but it may not be worth it to everyone. The guy at the information desk was super nice and gave us more info on our next stop, the USS Constitution, and told us about the tour times and ferry information. I guess it the end of freedom trail which starts from Boston Common.
  • The climb up the tower is a good workout. It put some character into your soul, something that this generation needs. Be reminded for what was fought and for what. Take a moment up there and enjoy the view. As far as you can see, we currently have freedom - freedom that we take for granted. People were really nice there despite the INSANE heat and the place itself is quaint and well kept for the most part.
  • Getting up to the top is a real work-out. Anyone can make it, but if you're not in good health, don't attempt or climb very slowly. The view from the top isn't spectacular -- just want to put that out there in case someone is looking forward to it. You can see all of the Boston skyline through four small windows, each made of thick glass and (possibly) years of wear. For me, however, the experience was worthwhile and it definitely 'puts some character into you'.
  • I love history, so this was a wonderful conclusion to our walk on the Boston Freedom Trail. Our group walked the steps to the top of Bunker Hill Monument too - 294 steps to the top of the 221 foot tall monument. The monument was dedicated in 1843 and is now part of Boston National Historical Park. Tip: get a picture of the in-ground marker denoting the end of the 2 1/2 mile Freedom Trail (outside the adjacent exhibit lodge).
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